Tips for low impact camping so you can enjoy camping while still respecting nature and striving for zero waste.
Camping is one of those things – you either love it or you hate it. I’m in the love it for a few days camp. Too much time camping and I start to get a little crabby – I think there’s a direct correlation with the level of grime I detect.
Our beach camping trips usually last 4 to 5 days. It is unbelievably fun but by the end I am pretty ready for it to be over. And let me tell you, that first shower after beach camping is amazing!! How about you – are you a die-hard camper or would you prefer a nice, cozy hotel?
6 Tips for Low Impact Camping
If you are like millions of families who are heading out on a family camping trip sometime this summer, be sure to keep these tips in mind to keep your impact on your surroundings as low as possible. I’m here to tell you – it is possible to have a fun camping trip while still respecting the environment and leaving no trace behind!
- Set up camp in designated camping spots only.
- Don’t attempt to alter the campsite by clearing brush or to build something using nails, saws etc…
- Build fires in established pits or grates or if you build something new, completely restore the area when you are finished.
- Enjoy the wildlife but don’t interfere with its habitat. Keep all food properly stored so animals are not tempted to go after it.
Use Alternative Energy
- Leave solar powered lights and lamps out during the day to soak up some rays and provide you with the light you need at night.
- Invest in a rechargable camping light or flashlight (these are great to keep in your basement for emergencies – so it’s a smart investment).
Reusable over Disposable
- Bring reusable water bottles and refill from a safe water source if there is one, or a larger container of drinking water.
- Skip the paper plates and napkins and bring sturdy reusables instead.
- Reduce garbage by buying food in bulk or larger packages instead of wasteful individual packages.
- Bring reusable containers for leftovers to reduce food waste.
- Aim for zero waste!
Eco-Friendly Clean Up
- Bring biodegradable soap for dishwashing.
- Set up a dishwashing and rinse station to reduce water use.
- Use naturally-based shampoo and other personal cleansing products.
Pack it in, Pack it Out
- Pack out all garbage, including food scraps.
- Take all recyclables home with you (unless the camp site has a recycling station).
- Bury any spilled food or human/pet waste.
Leave No Trace
- When you leave, the campsite should look exactly like it did when you arrived. No exceptions!
What do you do to minimize the impact on the environment when you camp?